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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:45 PM

I picked up a Benchmade 3551SBK yesterday at Ray O'Herron in Downers Grove.

http://www.benchmade.com/3551sbk.html



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:22 PM

I picked up a Benchmade 3551SBK yesterday at Ray O'Herron in Downers Grove.
http://www.benchmade.com/3551sbk.html

How's their inventory like?

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:38 PM

 

I picked up a Benchmade 3551SBK yesterday at Ray O'Herron in Downers Grove.
http://www.benchmade.com/3551sbk.html

How's their inventory like?

 

 

It wasn't that big. I was looking for an automatic less than three inches so that's all I really looked at. They carry Benchmade, Gerber, SOG and Kershaw. Some of those were assisted openers and not automatic. I really would have preferred the plain edge but they told me most of the people are looking for serrated. What sold me that day was that they happened to be having a 20% off in stock merchandise when I was there. I decided I liked the discount more. I walked out the door for $165 with tax, retail is $230.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 07:02 PM

Thanks tab for the info!

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:07 AM

Nice knife



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:15 PM

I live in a local ban city, so I decided to get an assisted opener from Benchmade. I figured out I'm not a fan after a few minutes playing with it. I still prefer my wrist flip to open, thumb stud controlled and axis locked standard boring Benchmades. 

 

I haven't decided if I want to sell the Barrage mini yet. It's a nice knife, but I can tell it's not my cup of tea. Glad I learned before investing in a more expensive option.



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

One of the exhibitors at the Bullpup Shoot had a small Microtech for sale. I liked that one very much, but need to either get the local rules changed, get statewide preemption or move myself to the North Side of the Cheddar Curtain.



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:16 PM

I ordered this one from Adams International Knifeworks on friday.

 

http://www.adamsknif...roducts_id=3158

 

I live in Decatur, and I've not been able to locate any local laws that forbid ownership or possession in my specific home town.So I honestly don't know if I can have one or not.Illinois didn't actually make this easy to determine.I sure hope so, I've been wanting one of these for a very long time.



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

Kershaw Launch 1 from Adams arrived last week. One awesome blade. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 06:12 PM

I ordered this one from Adams International Knifeworks on friday.
 
http://www.adamsknif...roducts_id=3158
 
I live in Decatur, and I've not been able to locate any local laws that forbid ownership or possession in my specific home town.So I honestly don't know if I can have one or not.Illinois didn't actually make this easy to determine.I sure hope so, I've been wanting one of these for a very long time.

I'm going through the code on the internet.  Link below is under "Firearms" in Decatur City Code. I'm surprised "switchblade" is not in here:

SALE TO MINOR UNDER 16 YEARS FORBIDDEN. No person, firm or corporation shall sell, give, loan, hire, barter, furnish, or offer for sale, or give, loan, hire, barter or furnish to any minor under the age of sixteen (16) years within the City, without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian of said minor, any gun, pistol, revolver, fowling piece or other firearm or any toy gun, toy pistol, toy fowling piece or other toy firearm in which any explosive substance can be used; or any bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot or metallic knuckles, or other deadly weapon of like character.

https://www.decaturi...stration/legal/

So, I'm not finding anything either. Maybe Decatur is heavily reliant on IL State Law for weapons? Quick question to a lawyer over there regarding switchblades might make sense...

Edited by OldMarineVet, 24 September 2017 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 06:11 PM

I'm also considering looking at dual "double action" hidden release models. They apparently appear and work like a traditional folder until actuating the hidden release. Not sure who makes them and their quality. Havent seen too many references for them so far.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 01:07 PM

I spoke with Justin over at Blade HQ because I am interested in the Gerber Auto Covert (https://www.bladehq....Automatic--3965). The reason for the call was that there are 4 restrictions during the online checkout process that will prevent citizens that are not Military/LEO from ordering online. I explained to him the situation in IL and he said the company is aware of the law and will gladly take an order over the phone once they have received a copy of the FOID card via email. I'm sure I'll order in the next 2-3 days so I'll update on how that process goes.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:47 PM

Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.

 

If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:20 PM

I live in a local ban city, so I decided to get an assisted opener from Benchmade. I figured out I'm not a fan after a few minutes playing with it. I still prefer my wrist flip to open, thumb stud controlled and axis locked standard boring Benchmades. 

 

I haven't decided if I want to sell the Barrage mini yet. It's a nice knife, but I can tell it's not my cup of tea. Glad I learned before investing in a more expensive option.

here I am quoting myself for a follow up post.

 

I've figured out how to flip open the assisted opener. Now I like it a little more because it's versatile.  I still prefer my Mini Grip and Axis folders though.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:15 PM

Blade HQ will not steer you wrong. Maybe a bit expensive, but quality and variety. My wife bought me a Benchmade Infidel which is now in police possession, or it might not even have seen inventory (pocketed). It was sweet though.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:00 PM

My wife bought me a Benchmade Infidel which is now in police possession, or it might not even have seen inventory (pocketed).


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:59 PM

I know I started this thread but I've given up on an auto-opener.  They're banned where I live.  I didn't know that until OldMarineVet  started his thread listing out municipal bans.  I go through a background check every time I do consulting for a company.  On the form they ask if you've ever been charged  with a crime that could result in more than a $75.00 fine or 30 days in jail.  And they can see if I've ever been charged.  I'll basically be unemployable if I get charged for carrying a switchblade - I don't even know the exact wording of the charge but its not going to sound good when it pops up in a background check.

 

I wanted a dual-action side opener, but I'm going to make do with a spring assisted.  I'm not good a flipper or thumb stud using my left hand so I have a Schrade Viper 3 OTF in my left jacket pocket. I just push up on the lever with my thumb and it deploys.  I have a Kershaw Scrambler in my right jacket pocket.  

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:37 PM

Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.

 

If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.

Wow. That's lots of work but hopefully you are getting better prices. Otherwise, the dealers in Illinois are easier to work with. I used Adams International Knifeworks and did have to go through that.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:49 AM

 

Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.

 

If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.

Wow. That's lots of work but hopefully you are getting better prices. Otherwise, the dealers in Illinois are easier to work with. I used Adams International Knifeworks and did have to go through that.

 

Adams did not have the Gerber knife I bought, so I went with Blade HQ. Turns out, Optics Planet had it for $10 less...it's OK though, I'll be buying more in the future for my bug out bag so I'll know to double check other vendors!


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:52 PM

i would like to buy this micro...err Macrotech

 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:33 PM

 


Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.
 
If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.


Wow. That's lots of work but hopefully you are getting better prices. Otherwise, the dealers in Illinois are easier to work with. I used Adams International Knifeworks and did have to go through that.
 


Adams did not have the Gerber knife I bought, so I went with Blade HQ. Turns out, Optics Planet had it for $10 less...it's OK though, I'll be buying more in the future for my bug out bag so I'll know to double check other vendors!

Just an FYI, Optics Planet doesn’t sell auto knife to the general public. Only to LEO’s/Military.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:48 PM

i would like to buy this micro...err Macrotech

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:19 PM

 

 Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.
 
If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.


Wow. That's lots of work but hopefully you are getting better prices. Otherwise, the dealers in Illinois are easier to work with. I used Adams International Knifeworks and did have to go through that.
 

Adams did not have the Gerber knife I bought, so I went with Blade HQ. Turns out, Optics Planet had it for $10 less...it's OK though, I'll be buying more in the future for my bug out bag so I'll know to double check other vendors!

Just an FYI, Optics Planet doesn’t sell auto knife to the general public. Only to LEO’s/Military.

There you go then. Choices are narrowed down. I also looked at Blade Ops, but having read the reviews for them, I was not keen on doing business with them. Has anyone from IC had any experience with Blade Ops?


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

 

 

 Following up on my post above. I ended up buying a different Gerber Covert (https://www.bladehq....ic-Knife--67393) because by the time I decided to order from Blade HQ, the one I wanted was out of stock...will get it next time.
 
If anyone is planning on using Blade HQ, keep this in mind: in addition to sending a copy of your FOID to Blade HQ, you also have to have a history of at least one purchase from Blade HQ before they will sell you an automatic knife. It's a strange policy, but there is no way around it. Once you have one order placed (I was also told you can call Blade HQ after the order is placed and cancel that order and that will count as having a purchase history with them), you can call them and place an order for an automatic knife you want to buy. A bit of work, but I was happy with the service provided. The person I spoke with was very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty certain I will buy 1 or 2 more Gerber Autos from them.


Wow. That's lots of work but hopefully you are getting better prices. Otherwise, the dealers in Illinois are easier to work with. I used Adams International Knifeworks and did have to go through that.
 

Adams did not have the Gerber knife I bought, so I went with Blade HQ. Turns out, Optics Planet had it for $10 less...it's OK though, I'll be buying more in the future for my bug out bag so I'll know to double check other vendors!

Just an FYI, Optics Planet doesn’t sell auto knife to the general public. Only to LEO’s/Military.

There you go then. Choices are narrowed down. I also looked at Blade Ops, but having read the reviews for them, I was not keen on doing business with them. Has anyone from IC had any experience with Blade Ops?

 

I have ordered from Blade Ops twice.  I had no problems at all on either order.  The only thing that may be an issue is that they ship "signature required", so someone will need to be home to accept the delivery or you will have to run to the post office to pick it up.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:59 AM

I have ordered from Blade Ops twice.  I had no problems at all on either order.  The only thing that may be an issue is that they ship "signature required", so someone will need to be home to accept the delivery or you will have to run to the post office to pick it up.

 

 

I see. Not really an issue for me since someone is usually always home, but my Gerber knife was delivered via USPS today and no signature required. As long as the prices remain competitive, I'll most likely continue with Blade HQ.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

FYI, Adams International Knifeworks in IL also ships "signature required."

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:42 PM

GPknives sent mine USPS. No signature needed.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

And GPknives also has "Free Ground Shipping on all domestic orders over $99" My postage at AIK was USPS, $10 (probably because signature needed.)

For future reference, how were your dealings with GPkinives? For warranty work, can you send an automatic knife to them so they can send it to the manufacturer for the warranty work? Then will GPknives accept delivery of the repaired automatic knife from the manufacturer and send it to you? Thanks

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:19 PM

And GPknives also has "Free Ground Shipping on all domestic orders over $99" My postage at AIK was USPS, $10 (probably because signature needed.)

For future reference, how were your dealings with GPkinives? For warranty work, can you send an automatic knife to them so they can send it to the manufacturer for the warranty work? Then will GPknives accept delivery of the repaired automatic knife from the manufacturer and send it to you? Thanks

 

I didn't have any trouble at all with them. Made the order and they shipped it out PDQ.  As far as the warranty work , I can't tell you. I wasn't worried about it because I figured if a $100.00 knife messed up I would just buy another.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:25 PM

I picked up a Benchmade Casbah (auto) and love it.  I put a sharper edge on it and really have enjoyed it.  Well built and decent price point.  Nothing fancy but gets the job done.






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